2017-18 BTRU Seminar Series


Professor Clara Camaschella, M.D., Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele; Deputy Director, San Raffaele Scientific Institute

Molecular mechanisms of systemic iron homeostasis and their translational implications

Professor Wim de Kort, University of Amsterdam; Director of Donor Services, Sanguin Blood Supply

Translational biostatistics: applying math in blood banking practice

Professor Christopher France, Ohio University

Strategies to promote blood donor recruitment and retention

Professor France will discuss his research on blood donor motivation, and particularly his focus on the need to address donation-related fears and other concerns of both prospective and early career donors in an effort to maintain a stable and reliable voluntary blood supply.

Dr Philippe Gilchrist, Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

From Heart to Emotion

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Dr Gilchrist will discuss some of the relations between day-to-day cardiovascular functioning and thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Certain types of stress are clearly more physiologically taxing than others. Interestingly, certain forms of stress lead to (paradoxical) decreases in physiological activity, blood pressure, and feelings of dizziness or lightheaded-ness. A series of experimental studies will be discussed, examining various predictors, mechanisms, a novel theory, and developing research examining this paradox. Relatedly, this talk will discuss some physiological (e.g., cardiovascular) correlates of different emotions, linking these to ‘adaptive’ behaviour, and will discuss practical applications (e.g., improving patient wellbeing in medical settings). A short discussion (Q&A period) will follow the talk.

Dr Mindy Goldman, Canadian Blood Services

Donor age: does it matter?

Professor Emmanuel Lesaffre, KULeuven University of Leuven

Prediction of hemoglobin in blood donors using a latent class mixed-effects transition model

Professor Barbara Masser, University of Queensland and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service

The Time-course of Emotion in Donation: Understanding and unlocking the effective key to donor retention

Professor Masser will discuss the Time-course of Emotions in Donation (TED) approach, which highlights the impact of a donor’s emotional experience on their subsequent behaviour, and delineates the role of immediate emotions that arise during a donation, from those of reflective emotions that arise as a donor recalls that prior experience and anticipatory emotions that arise as a person considers donating again.

Professor Jukka Partanen, Research Director (Research and Development), Finnish Red Cross Blood Service

Blood donors as a research resource

Professor Steven L Spitalnik, M.D., Professor and Vice Chairman for Laboratory Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, Campus of the New York Presbyterian Hospital

The influence of donor genetics, diet, and environment on red blood cell storage quality

Dr Simon Stanworth, Consultant Haematologist, NHS Blood and Transplant; John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Who really needs a transfusion: on-going opportunities for research

Professor Joost van Rosmalen, Erasmus MC

Prediction of hemoglobin levels and eligibility for donation using repeated measurements of zinc protoporphyrin in blood donors